More boots on the ground in Wuhan: Mask-wearing soldiers roll into locked-down city with 14,000 hazmat suits as part of huge operation to build two hospitals and contain deadly outbreak

  • Soldiers unloaded medical supplies from the back of a jet in Wuhan on Saturday
  • City of 11million remains locked-down as death toll in China increased to 56
  • Beijing has said the country is entering a ‘crucial stage’ in dealing with the virus 
  • It comes as the number of cases reported worldwide soared to over 2,000 

Mask-wearing soldiers have been deployed to locked-down Wuhan, the epicentre of the deadly coronavirus which is sweeping the world from China.

Footage showed troops unloading supplies from the back of a jet in the city of 11million people to help contain the virus which has so far killed 56 in China, with more than 2,000 cases worldwide.

China’s health minister Ma Xiaowei said the country was entering a ‘crucial stage’ as ‘it seems like the ability of the virus to spread is getting stronger.’

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Wuhan is building two makeshift hospitals with around 1,000 beds each to handle the influx of patients. Supplies being rushed to the city include 14,000 hazmat suits, 110,000 pairs of gloves and masks and goggles.


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